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    Hi! I'm Traci. As a wedding and portrait photographer, I have a photography blog that shares the work I do for clients. This blog is for my other creative side. The side that goes weak at the knees over fabric, adores anything crafty, and gets cranky without some sewing machine time!

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multi-tasker tote

Anna Maria Horner came to my guild a couple of weeks ago but I wasn’t able to attend her talk or class (at first because we had camping plans, and then because instead of camping I was dying of scarlet fever had a raging case of strep throat).  To make myself feel better about the whole business I made a multi-tasker tot (without the benefit of the class).  Let me tell you, there were moments where I was very sad not to have a class for this one.  I think  it was step 8 where I had to bring in a ringer to figure out what in the heck was going on (my ringer was Nic, and we got it done).

This is the part where I tell you that I was inspired by the patchwork nursery versery print to use a bunch of different fabrics in this one.  That part is a lie.  I was inspired by the price of the nursery versery prints not to buy any more of them than entirely necessary, and then I had to punt with what I had on hand that coordinated and was big enough after washing/shrinking.  I’m pretty sad that the lining ends up showing up on the outside of the bag (you fold over the top of the bag to create the strap casing), but I’ll get over it. :P  The orange polka dot straps and pink floral lining are both from Children at Play.

Overall, I like the bag.  And I will definitely like it more in April than I do at the start of fall.:P

Melissa - I agree with you on ALL counts! I’m so glad I was there with (a) the pattern designer, and (b) others who had made the bag in the past and could dumb it down for me. I’m not too bright when it comes to following patterns. :)
I made mine with some of Amy Butler’s Soul Blossom, and it’s very springy. I’m wishing I’d made mine with some Flea Market Fancy or Field Study, instead. The good news is, I can make another any time I want! :)

Suzanne - I love your candor and hope you like the bag much sooner than April. :-)

Gina - I love the little floral print peeking over the side. The Children at Play prints are perfect to combine with Nursery Versery!

Emily - This is so cute!!! The Country Mice in green is one of my favorite prints from this line!

Rachel at Stitched in Color - I’m glad you shared your process with choosing fabrics and making the bag. Bag making never goes easily for me! I see what you mean about it turning out quite springy. Sometimes it seems these collections release at opposite seasons =)

quilts

You’d be forgiven for assuming that I don’t actually quilt anymore!  But I actually have been quilting occasionally, I just keep forgetting to blog about it!

This farm fresh quilt was finished a couple of months ago, but I photographed it for the first time last night.  I didn’t edit the photos at all because I wanted to share just how crazy the light was last night at 5:00.  The smoke from the Waldo Canyon Fire was filtering the sunlight and it looked like gorgeous sunset 8pm light three hours early!

A couple of weeks ago I finished off this quilt top that is just waiting on quilting.  It’s a trip around the world, which I’ve wanted to make since I started quilting.  I don’t have any quilts without pink, and needed a ‘boy colors’ quilt for the studio.  I used the Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day method in the full size and it was fantastic.  Now to piece the back and get this puppy quilted!

Currently in work is this very simple patchwork quilt from a fat 1/8th bundle of Loulouthi, inspired by this from Blue Elephant Stitches.

 

Sew Create It - Jane - Love that first quilt…you’ve used such beautiful fabrics! Can’t wait to see more of the “boy” quilt…blue is my favourite colour and I can tell this will be another beauty!

Audrey - Love you stuff! I love to quilt but I’ve only been doing it for a couple years and am mostly self taught. I’m curious what the Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day method is. Though I never have a full day to quilt anymore I would love to know! Thank you!

nightgowns for Ellie

The thing about store bought kid’s pajamas is that they are not summer friendly.  In the attempt to keep kids from bursting into flame, they’ve created outfits that seem destined to keep kids miserable and sweaty.  Enter homemade children’s pajamas, where you don’t have to worry about pesky fireproof pajama laws and can use nice light cotton in super loose designs!  I made a dress-turned-nightgown for Ellie in February and fell in love with the idea, so now that the temps are in the triple digits I’ve made her four more.

I used the Sweet Little Dress pattern again, and on some of the nightgowns I’ve skipped the sleeve elastic for more of a flutter sleeve look.  For fabric I raided the stash for some old goodies–Children at Play in the front, then It’s a Hoot, what I think is from American Jane Snippets, and then an Anthology print.

Also keeping us cool this record-tying-temperature week (along with my shirts optional policy) is our new Zoku popsicle maker.  The kids are OBSESSED with popsicles, and so when I found a forgotten William Sonoma gift card in my wallet, I opted not to buy the mid-sized pot that we so desperately need, but a silly popsicle gadget that Will has been jonesing for instead.  (I am the essence of fiscal responsibility.)  It has been a huge fun giant hit and I predict that it will stay well in use!

For a month the first words out of Ellie’s mouth in the morning are “Popsicle, please, Mommy?”  And all day long the refrain of “Popsicle, please?” has bounced around our walls.  Thanks to the Zoku, for the last couple of days I’ve been able to say “Okay!” to breakfast popsicles (blueberries, greek yogurt, cream and agave nectar blended together and then granola dropped into the mix).  We’ve made/invented many delicious popsicles so far, including watermelon/basil/cucumber popsicles and rum-and-coke-sicles and armed with a couple of popsicle books I’m anxious to try some actual recipes this week!  Long live the popsicle!

Heather - It’s in the triple digits at your house?? Ummmmm, I did not know that. Can you please start on a nightgown for me to wear this weekend :D What are grown-ups suppose to do?

Traci - Knowing you, you’ll probably still need a hoodie and a blanket. :D

a renaissance dress for Ellie

We go to the Renaissance Festival in Larkspur every year.  Last year I made this quilt for watching the joust, and this year on my to do list was a period appropriate outfit for Ellie.  I used the Children’s Workshop Tab Front Jumper ‘instructions’ for the outer piece and the Sweet Little Dress pattern (extending the length) for the under piece.

The tab front jumper was probably a little bit beyond my skills–you’re left to your own devices to figure it out, including how you will handle facing/lining/the order to piece it together/seam allowance/sizing/etc.  I had some sizing issues (at first I thought it would be too big, then too small, and then it ended up being a tad bit big) but figured I could add a ruffle and send her to the fair again in it next year–bonus!  Sadly she tore a giant hole in the floral piece (for which I almost killed her–I adore that fabric and had wanted her to use it as a nightgown).  I’ve patched it and we’ll see if it can make another appearance next year.

 

slippers for my momma

For part of my mom’s mother’s day gift I made her a pair of house slippers.

I think the exterior fabric is Liberty, but don’t quote me on that. :P

Suzanne - What a lovely gift. I would love a pair of those myself.

Fran - They are so very cute and comfortable! I am so lucky!

Stacey Henderson - So very cute! P.S I have that fabric too…it’s a Kaffe Fassett :)

Sheila - So lovely! I need to make myself a pair! Did you use a pattern or just wing it? (And the fabric you used for the exterior print is Kaffe Fassett from a few years back…it’s called “Asha,” if memory serves…)